Charlie Morton Has Hip Surgery

The Pirates have announced that Charlie Morton underwent successful surgery on Monday to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The injury apparently bothered Morton on and off during the season and the team decided surgery was the best course of action.

I had heard nothing about this injury during the course of the season, so this news comes as a bit of a surprise. Now the real surprise, the recovery time for this type of surgery is generally about six months. You can do the math from here, but basically we are talking Opening Day, which is April 5. I'm not sure if that means six months is when Morton can start a throwing program or if that is roughly when he will be back to full speed in his recovery. Either way, this isn't good news for a team short on quality starting pitching.

UPDATE: Michael Sanserino of the PG tweets that Morton's agent, Andrew Lowenthal, said the doctors were very optimistic that the recovery period will be closer to four months. The six month estimate is from the team.

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